Take Action: Support Nutrition Incentive Funding in California

Take Action: Support Nutrition Incentive Funding in California
Last year, the State passed a terrific bill, AB 1321. It established a program that makes fresh fruit and vegetables more affordable for low-income families, and drives revenue to California’s small and mid-sized farms. It also attracts matching funds from the Federal Government. Problem is, this win-win-win program isn’t funded! Spring means budget season in… Read more »

For Black Lives, Healthy Food Access Matters

For Black Lives, Healthy Food Access Matters
From the Superbowl to the Oscars, this past month activists and celebrities have refused to be silent about racial inequality, using social media campaigns – #BlackLivesMatter, #OscarsSoWhite – to amplify the message that the status quo is unacceptable in 2016. The Oscars held up a mirror to the persistent race-based lack of opportunity. Black Lives… Read more »

Volunteer Highlight: English Studies Institute Volunteers Make Our Farmers’ Market Events Festive

Volunteer Highlight: English Studies Institute Volunteers Make Our Farmers' Market Events Festive
It’s a quieter time of year for us, which gives us time to recognize and appreciate some of the special folks who are part of our work during busier months. We are thrilled to recognize volunteers from our longstanding partners the English Studies Institute (ESI), a language school that provides high-quality English instruction and builds… Read more »

Ecology Center Hosts Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Tour of Local Food Justice Movement

Ecology Center Hosts Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Tour of Local Food Justice Movement
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hosted their national public health conference in Oakland last month, and reached out to the Ecology Center to host a tour to visit local food justice sites. Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, led participants through an overview of the rich history of food justice and school & community gardens… Read more »

Market Match’s Role to Increase Healthy Food Access in California – Read in Civil Eats this Week

Market Match's Role to Increase Healthy Food Access in California - Read in Civil Eats this Week
One of our furthest-reaching programs, Market Match, is getting a nice spotlight in the media. Civil Eats, known for its provoking coverage of all things food-related, ran a piece this week that covered California’s efforts to address the 4 million residents who lack consistent access to adequate food. Market Match is pointed to as a… Read more »